Clichy recovers from injury & denies Adebayor claims
Gael Clichy was able to complete today’s training session ahead of the preseason encounter with Szombathelyi Haladas.
The French left-back has fully recovered from the severe back injury he sustained in last season’s Champions League quarter-final at Villarreal.
Clichy was only due to be sidelined for a few weeks at the time, but was forced to sit out the rest of the season due to a persistent problem.
The soon to be 24-year-old was still working on match fitness as Arsenal’s preseason campaign began and was left out of the squad which faced Barnet and SC Columbia.
Despite accompanying the squad in Austria, Clichy was excused from training sessions until today.
And after ensuring is he is up and running again, Arsenal’s athletic full-back felt the need to clarify reports on his reactions to Emmanuel Adebayor’s transfer to Manchester City.
Gael insists he by no means suggested his former teammate joined the blues for the money.
And Clichy would like to set the record straight on the story first reported by the Daily Mail and duly wish Adebayor the best at his new club.
“I felt really bad about this,” said the Frenchman. “I am not a player who would talk like this; say a name and talk this way about a friend. I asked the newspaper not to mention any names and unfortunately they did.
“If you read the article you will see that I am not saying any names – Ade or anyone else. That is not the way to do it. If I need to say something I will go out and say it myself.
“Saying big names in a big article like this when I did not say anything, I think it is wrong. I just wanted to clarify this.
“Only Ade knows why he went and we have to live with this. He was a good player for us but now he is gone and I don’t want to talk about him anymore.
“But good luck to him and I will see him on the pitch later this season.”